Experts warn of osteoporosis threat to Asia's growing elderly population

June 17, 2016

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is calling on doctors in the Asia-Pacific region to prepare for an immense rise in the number of elderly people suffering broken bones as a result of osteoporosis.

It is estimated that in mainland China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Korea from 12.5 to 38.7 % of older women and from 3.2 to 12.4 % of older men have osteoporosis. Recent estimates suggest that the rate of hip fracture is increasing rapidly in Asian populations and has or will soon exceed the rate of fracture in Caucasian populations.

To address this escalating public health crisis, IOF, in cooperation with the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore (EMSS) and the Osteoporosis Society Singapore (OSS), has announced a major osteoporosis meeting to present the latest advances in management of the disease. More than 1500 doctors, including rheumatologists, endocrinologists, orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists, are expected to attend the IOF Regionals 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, taking place in Singapore from November 4-6, 2016.

http://www.iofbonehealth.org/singapore-2016

Dr Joon-Kiong Lee, Meeting Co-Chair, President, Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assunta Hospital/Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, stated, "Fractures due to osteoporosis have enormous socioeconomic costs, with hip fractures among the leading causes of disability and early death in the elderly population. Given the increase in the numbers of elderly people at risk, it is imperative that doctors in Asia are aware of new research findings and best practice in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this serious disease."

The 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting will cover a wide range of important topics including nutrition and physical recommendations for bone and muscle health, bone and diabetes, novel treatments, risk assessment, secondary fracture prevention, DXA applications, and orthogeriatrics. It will also be an international platform for the presentation of the latest research findings. The IOF Regionals 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting will be applying for local Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and European CME accreditation credits.

> Investigators are invited to submit abstracts of their latest research by June 24th.

A pre-meeting, two-day 'Osteoporosis Essentials' course is also being held. The Course, led by Dr Joon-Kiong Lee and Dr Manju Chandran, Director and Senior Consultant, Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit, Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital, is directed at clinicians and allied health professionals, including densitometrists. It provides concise knowledge of the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. Information about the course is available at http://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-essentials-singapore-2016
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About IOF:

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including committees of scientific researchers, leading companies, as well as more than 234 patient, medical and research societies in 99 locations, work together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide heath care priority. http://www.iofbonehealth.org / http://www.facebook.com/iofbonehealth

International Osteoporosis Foundation

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